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Murray in Hearthstane

Tweedsmuir Parish

John Murray Hearthstane Farmer

Hearthstane House, photo by Andrew Tweedie
Hearthstane House

John MURRAY was born 28 January 1782, the youngest son of Alexander MURRAY and Mary LAIDLAW.  John married Margaret GRAY on 02 September 1809 and their marriage was recorded in the Lyne Parish Church Registers.  Margaret was the daughter of Alexander GRAY, Tacksman in Lyne and was born about 1780 in the Lyne Parish.  Margaret died on 17 April 1855 at Hearthstane.  (shown at right courtesy of Andrew Tweedie)

John MURRAY was remembered by those you knew him as "Old Mr. Murray of Hearthstanes" who had "a white face, a lang nose and a wig - and he rode to the Tweedsmuir Kirk on a white pony."  (From: TALES OF TWEEDSMUIR, by Sheila Scott, 1995)



Broadlaw in Peeblesshire
Broadlaw Peeblesshire

Tom MURRAY, who had researched the MURRAYs of Tweedsmuir for fifty years, remarked on John MURRAY, Hearthstane Farmer, and John's beloved Broad Law - the 840 foot hill (see left) that towers behind Hearthstane. In the book, THE FRUITFUL SHEPHERD, Tom stated that John "had strenuous objections to being buried in the (Tweedsmuir) cemetery, as he wished to be buried at the top of Broad Law behind Hearthstanes - perhaps to enjoy the solitude or even the view!" John would point at Broad Law and declare:

"If ye don't bury me there, I'll kick and I'll kick 'till the stane falls doon."

John MURRAY died on 17 January 1872 and was buried instead down in the cemetery.  Tom continued, "A short while after the burial, the stone did fall over!"  The stone was reset and to this day remains strongly braced to keep it that way.  (Note bracing in photo at right)

John Murray Headstone Bracing
John Murray Headstone Bracing


Children of John MURRAY and Margaret GRAY are:

Murray Headstones in Tweedsmuir Churchyard
Murray Headstones in Tweedsmuir Churchyard

i.  Alexander MURRAY was born about 12 September 1810 at Hearthstane.  Alexander spent his life helping out his father on the huge (3750 acres according to the 1861 Census) Hearthstanes farm.  Alexander died at Hearthstane on 23 November 1864 and is buried in the family plot in the Tweedsmuir Churchyard. (MURRAY Headstones shown at right)

ii.  James MURRAY was born on the 1st of January 1813 at Hearthstane.  James was once employed by the American Fur Company.  He died on 09 November 1848 "near Liberty near Saint Louis in North America".  Probably near Liberty, Clay County, Missouri.

iii.  Janet MURRAY, was born about 04 December 1814 at Hearthstane.  On 26 May 1839, Janet married Adam TAIT in the Newlands Parish Church.

iv.  John MURRAY was born about 04 May 1817 in Tweedsmuir.  John was a farmer at Deans Houses in the Newlands Parish of Peeblesshire.  John married Mary GIBB on 24 March 1844 in Newlands.  Mary was living on South Fort Street in North Leith and was the natural daughter of John GIBB a writer there.  John MURRAY died suddenly on 07 August 1847 at Salaghoil, Argyllshire.

Child of John MURRAY and Mary GIBB:

i.  Margaret Gray MURRAY, who was born 17 January 1845 in Newlands.  Margaret Gray MURRAY and her mother left Scotland some years before 1867.

v.  Mary Laidlaw MURRAY who was born on 12 September 1820 at Hearthstane.  She married John PORTEOUS on 04 August 1855 at Hearthstane.  John was the son of James PORTEOUS and Janet FLEMING and he was born about 05 October 1809 in the Coulter Parish of Lanarkshire.

John PORTEOUS was a farmer and he died on 29 March 1866 at the Whim Farm in the Newlands Parish of Peeblesshire.  Mary Laidlaw Murray PORTEOUS died on 08 January 1887 at 7 Annandale Street in Edinburgh.


Children of John PORTEOUS and Mary L. MURRAY are:

1.  Margaret Gray PORTEOUS who was born about 10 March 1856 in the Newlands Parish.  Margaret never married and lived in Edinburgh at 7 Annandale Street (see photo at right) with her cousin Fanny Ann TAIT.  Margaret Gray PORTEOUS died on 03 July 1887 at 7 Annandale Street.

2.  Mary Jessie Fleming PORTEOUS who was born about 31 July 1857 in Newlands and died on 14 November 1859 at Whim in Newlands.

vi.  Grace MURRAY who was born on 04 May 1823 at Hearthstane.  She married David BIRD on 10 January 1851 in the Newlands Parish.